L.A. Fire Department and L.A. Neighborhood Team Program to present four Emergency Preparedness programs in September

Recent earthquakes in the southern California area continue to remind us that this is earthquake country.  And since September is National Preparedness Month, Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion 18 and the  local CERT / Neighborhood Team Program (NTP) are presenting a series of information and demonstration programs  on four Sundays in September.

National Preparedness Month is observed each September in the U.S. and is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The U.S. President also proclaims September to be National Preparedness Month.

The four programs are listed below. While they are not in Melrose Village, some are very close by. And the more people who are prepared, the better off we’ll all be. For more information about the programs and the Neighborhood Team Program, see ntp-la.com.

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Family Emergency Planning
Sunday, September 2, 2012 – 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, 2552 Motor Ave., Los Angeles 90064

Topics include: How to make an evacuation plan; supplies you absolutely need for immediate safety and long term preparedness.
This is a must-attend presentation for everyone who wants to learn how to keep their family safe and together.  Children are welcome.

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Damage Assessment and Reporting
Sunday, September 9, 2012 – 10:00 am to 12 noon
Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles 90035

Find out about assessing the damage done in your home and in your neighborhood and reporting it using established procedures.
This is vital information used to communicate the needs of you and your neighbors.
Also, learn where to locate and how to shut off utilities as needed.

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Light Search and Rescue
Sunday, September 16, 2012 – 10:00 am to 12 noon
Olympia Medical Center, 5900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles 90036

This is a life-saving survey that looks at sizing up the situation in a damaged home; searching for victims; safe techniques for removing injured neighbors; and, most importantly, when and where NOT to act.

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Triage, Victim Handling and Medical Treatment
Sunday, September 23, 2012 – 10:00 am to 12 noon
Park La Brea Activity Center, 475 S. Curson Ave. Los Angeles 90036
(Use gate at 5801 W. 6th St. at Curson Ave.)

This program looks at assessing injuries and separating out the critically injured.
Observe techniques for triage, handling injured and providing medical treatment in the field.

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